I am the girliest of girly-girls.  Pink, sparkles, heart-shaped things, babies and baby animals all make me giddy.  I would love to have lived in the 50’s during the Mad Men days when women were ladies and men stood up when they left or returned to the table.  Nothing makes me happier than wearing a flowy dress and high heels and I would wear them everyday if I could.  Even with dessert, if something is particularly feminine, I am instantly drawn to it.  Like this.

I was in total bliss while constructing this pink ombre cookie tree.  And you know me, I love when something turns out beautifully yet was super simple to fabricate.  I didn’t have different colored pink sanding sugars so I just added increasing amounts of neon pink food coloring to 3 different bowls of sugar until I had the ombre look I was dreaming of.

This is a dessert from Sprinkle Bakes by Heather Baird.  If you haven’t been over to Sprinkle Bakes blog, you really should stop by.  Heather is truly an artist.  Immediately when I saw this idea in her book, I couldn’t wait for an excuse to make it.  The sugar cookies couldn’t be simpler and assembling the tree is a breeze.  But the results really turn heads and get people talking.  I think this would be a great idea for a shower, wedding or any holiday celebration.  The tree is assembled by using a styrofoam cone you can find at any craft store and buttercream to stick the cookies on.  Guests get to whimsically pluck a petite sweet from the tree which makes the presentation just that much more fun.

This recipe is just one of the many fabulously creative and artistic recipes in the Sprinkle Bakes Cookbook.  Heather literally gets out the paintbrushes for some of her creations!  Each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous artsy photo and there are very detailed instructions for each step along the way so that the recipes don’t seem intimidating.  If you like to create in the kitchen, I would highly recommend Sprinkle Bakes to get your creative juices flowing!

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to make the cookies:  cream together butter and powdered sugar

add vanilla, then remaining dry ingredients

roll dough into teaspoon-sized balls

drop formed dough into colored sugars and roll to coat

place onto cookie sheet and bake

to assemble the tree, spread 1/2-inch layer of buttercream onto styrofoam cone

place a dollop of buttercream onto your serving platter to hold the cone in place

place cone onto serving platter and finish frosting and smoothing

starting at the bottom, begin to gently press cookies into buttercream 

So girly and sparkly, I love it!

Sterling Publishing provided me with a review copy of this book, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 03, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    This is the cutest thing ever!!! So adorable!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 04, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    What a cute idea, I love the ombre look!


  3. Anna @ hiddenponies
    May 04, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    Oh, this is beautiful! I’m always so thrilled when someone admits to being a girly girl, I feel like so many people are determined not to seem like one, when really, how fun would it have been to wear dresses and heels all the time and not worry about the practicality because you’d get dropped off at the door everywhere?? Up with sparkles 🙂


    • Mercedes
      May 06, 2012 @ 10:35 am

      I’m glad to hear about another self-proclaimed girly girl!


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